Bourgeois, Thomas-Louis [Joseph]
- David Tunley
(b Fontaine-L'Evêque, Oct 24, 1676; d Paris, Jan 1750 or1751). French composer and singer. His name first appears as a composer in 1701 when two volumes of Pièces en trio were published in Paris by Ballard. He is next heard of as maître de musique at Strasbourg Cathedral where he worked from 1703 to 1706. According to the title-page of his ballet Les plaisirs de la paix (1715) he at some time held a similar position at Toul. From 1708 to 1711 he sang at the Paris Opéra; La Borde spoke highly of his countertenor voice. Bourgeois' last major appointment was as surintendant de la musique to the Duke of Bourbon in whose service he worked from 1715 to 1721, after which he seems to have led a professional life that took him from one provincial city to another, including Lille, Lyons, Poitiers and Dijon, and also to Belgium and the Netherlands. His last years are obscure and he died in poverty....